Throughout the convention, attendees test their skills in competitions for both prizes and bragging rights, including
- Engineering Science Symposium
- Extreme Engineering Challenge
- MAES Intern Tournament
- Nissan Design Competition
An annual showcase of the excellent STEM research conducted by SHPE students and faculty members. With both oral and poster presentations, the Symposium unveils some of the most exciting advancements in engineering and science. Nearly 50 SHPE members offer oral presentations on research from fields including Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanics of Materials and Fluids, Biomedical and Bioengineering, Agricultural, Civil, Environmental and Biological Engineering, Applied Physics, and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Poster presentations cover a range of research topics, from environmental projects to biomedical engineering solutions. Cash prizes up to $1000 are awarded to the winners.
A nonstop 24-hour competition that simulates an accelerated engineering working scenario, to help students build the skills necessary for meeting the profession’s most grueling demands. Open to all graduate and undergraduate SHPE members, the challenge allows competitors the chance to mingle with representatives from participating companies during an initial mini-interview session followed by a team competition. The challenge is composed of multiple events and milestone checkpoints that introduce additional problems to solve and guidance in the engineering process along the way. The marathon competition culminates in a presentation to the final judges, who score the teams based on their performance at each milestone. Winners receive scholarships from their sponsoring companies.
Working in teams, students will identify a need for innovation, conceptualize an idea and incubate a solution. Emphasis will be put on the feasibility, marketability and impact of these solutions. Participants will have the opportunity to work in a lab and experience firsthand how innovations in design can be applied. Students will also hear from STEM professionals who are working to tackle emerging global challenges. The 2017 Hackathon challenge included creating a new solution that will save firefighter lives and help firefighters better locate trapped victims. The winning team was awarded $10,000.
A student-driven lecture series that brings together recent interns to present on their pre-professional experience and serve as mentors to other students seeking advice on how to prepare for similar experiences. The peer-to-peer format helps demonstrate that pre-professional experiences, when combined with a traditional college education, can dramatically enhance an individual’s success in a STEM career. The 2017 winner was awarded a new Macbook Air.
Challenges SHPE student members to develop and refine an idea related to automotive safety. Competitors take part in a presentation skills workshop, one-on-one resume critique sessions, and mock interviews with Nissan leaders and other engineering industry giants to be selected. Then working in teams of three, students interact with their peers, SHPE leaders and Nissan engineers to provide daily project briefings on how to address the challenge. The briefings are evaluated by the Nissan Design Competition judges. Students in the first-place team receive summer internship offers to work for Nissan. All competition participants have the opportunity to earn full reimbursement for their conference registration and win exclusive competition gear.